Caserta, Italy in Pictures (near Naples)


A look at the Palace of Caserta (a Unesco World Heritage Site), near Naples, Italy.
horse drawn carriages for those who do not like walking. mind you....they were all going really fast which i thought was quite dangerous. 

it was really bright and warm that day. my cashmere sweater was way too heavy for this weather and i definitely could've used a pair of sunglasses. i was squinting all day. 

opposite view of the palace. can you see it in the far distance?

further up... i swear it's the longest garden i've ever walked along. 

fish and plants in the aqueduct.

fish that i'm sure you're not meant to eat, and quite frankly, they don't look appetizing to say the least. however, in the days when Kings reigned throughout Italy and Europe, this was where they retrieved their fish to put on the tables of royalty.

usually, i think most statues and monuments are quite beautiful, but in this case, I would have to say it left me quite repulsed. 

taking a slight break. 
took off our jackets as it was getting unbelievably hot on the long walk. 

oops - wrong direction...

striking a pose.

 a little jungle oasis in the English Garden.
 i felt a little like Indiana Jones walking through the little jungle and caves in the English Garden.

 man made waterfall.

 hole in the ceiling. 

 statues left to decay.

a beautiful tree with orange, brown and yellow leaves.

 a house in the middle of an English pond.

 i wonder what's inside....

what luck! an orange tree among non-bearing fruit trees.

 this garden retreat reminds me a little bit of a scene from the Sound of Music.

signs of neglect.

unusual roots. 

statues from the mythical story of the Goddess Diana and Actaeon, the hunter.

The Palace of Caserta is a Baroque structure and was the largest palace built in the 18th century for the Bourbon Kings of Naples to rival the Palace of Versailles in France. Caserta has 1200 rooms while Versailles has 700 rooms. However, this palace in Caserta only receives 500,000 visitors per year, whereas, Versailles attracts around five million; pretty big difference... unfortunately or fortunately (depends on how you see it), it is low on most tourists' must-see list. I've seen Versailles and other palaces throughout western Europe and it strikes me that Italian structures often seem to be quite neglected and left to decay which is quite sad. 

some pop culture tid-bit for you: Caserta has been used as a film location for the Vatican in Angels and Demons (the movie with Tom Hanks), and was used for the Star Wars movies, as well as 
Mission Impossible III. 

if you made it to the end of this post...i commend you on your powers of concentration :-)). 
i may or may not post a part 2 of Caserta depending on the amount of comments and feedback i receive. there are photos from the inside of the Castle to show. let me know if you want a part 2.

Have a lovely weekend my friends!

Reese

Comments

  1. What a great trip! Just seeing the pictures makes me itch to get on a plane again. I never get enough of Italy, and was smitten the first time I set foot there. I keep coming back.

    Actually, I quite like those carved wacko fishes ;)

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  2. I would love to see the inside, that was a great tour. The summer house totally was Sound of Music like. It's a beautiful building. I can imagine weddings there, sad it's has to be neglected.
    Enjoyed that virtual visit with you - thanks for the tour.

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  3. Give us part two!!! This looks amazing! One day I'm going to visit Italy, and I will go here and see it for myself! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. WOW! it's such a breathtakingly gorgeous place, people should really visit it more! thanks for sharing your wonderful photos with us, now the palace of caserta is on my list of places to visit. :D

    p.s. i wouldn't want to eat that fish either, haha!

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  5. So beautiful! Was that hole in the ceiling intentional? I'm guessing no but you just never know with those old castles!

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  6. Oh my goodness, what a stunning place. I could look at those photos all day long. Have a great weekend, sunshine. Muah

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  7. aw, beautifulness!! these are great pics!

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  8. The photos look amazing! I loved the movie trivia with them! I thought some it looked very familiar!

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  9. Gorgeous photos...I love the silly ones!! :) That fountain is pretty strange! I love the gardens...really stunning. What a lovely day!

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  10. Oh wow, what an amazing estate! I love the colour of the sky in the first few pictures. The buildings' partly decrepit state makes them even more charming in my eyes! I am adding this to my list of places I want to visit!

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  11. I love this place, the gardens are gorgeous!

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  12. Stunning location and pictures- I would love to visit it!

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  13. I've never made it down to Naples, but these pictures are convincing me that I need to go! Wow and wow.

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  14. WOW!! Stunning!!! I can't wait to go back to Italy, and I need to put this on my places to go. The gardens are gorgeous!

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  15. Such a nic post, I enjoyed it a lot! I like your sense of style! Wonderful photos!

    Take a look and if you want we can follow each others: Cosa mi metto???

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  16. Thank you guys! I'm glad you enjoyed this tour. I shall post more in a part 2.

    xoxo Reese

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  17. Amazing photos! :D

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  18. These pictures are soooo beautiful! They make me want to jump on the plane and go there immediately!

    xx Ivana

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  19. How gorgeous!! Hope you're doing great Reese! xo

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  20. please, take me there. it looks so wonderful.

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  21. LOVE the photos. Such a wonderful and magical place, it seems. Caserta is now on my bucket list!

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  22. Oh my goodness all of these photos are gorgeous! What an AMAZING looking place! I would love to see this in person. So glad you shared pictures of it!!

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